A comparative study of feeding pattern of infants in rural and urban areas
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A study of feeding habits of 500 urban and of 500 rural children was carried out. Breast feeding was more common in rural areas than in the urban area. In the rural area most children were weaned onto solids without intervening supplementary feeds with fresh or artificial milk. In those who received supplementary milk, fresh cow's milk was commonly selected in rural areas as against dried milk powder in urban areas. Breastfed infants of both rural and urban areas gained weight adequately upto 6 months. However beyond 6 months weight gain in urban children was more than in rural children probably due to early introduction of solids. The average weight at 24 months was more in rural areas than in the urban. This is probably due to the rural children being covered under the ICDS scheme and receiving supplementary nutrition. Many of the mothers failed in lactation because of the taboos in their food habits which prevented them from taking an adequate balance diet.
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